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Two tropical depressions could impact the gulf states next week



Credit: National Weather Service

Officials with the National Hurricane Center are closely monitoring two systems that could impact central Mississippi within the next week.

Tropical depression 13 is expected to become a tropical storm later Thursday as it continues to strengthen. As the storm moves northward toward the Gulf of Mexico, it is expected to dump between three and six inches of rain over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands this weekend.

Tropical depression 14 is expected to strengthen over the northwestern Caribbean Sea through Saturday. The system could be near hurricane strength Saturday when it reaches the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. The system is projected to move into the Gulf at some point Sunday. 

It is too early to forecast either of these storms as far as intensity or area of impact past the next 72 hours, but both will be monitored for developing activity.


Hurricane Delta made landfall 15 miles from where Laura hit



(Source: NOAA NHC)

Hurricane Delta hit the Louisiana Gulf Coast around 6 p.m. Friday as a Category 2 storm near the town of Creole, about 15 miles from where Hurricane Laura made landfall in August.

The storm rapidly weakened after landfall, and by Saturday morning, it was a tropical storm as it continued to move north-northeast. In its wake, more than 750,000 people in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi were without power.

At 5 a.m. Saturday, all watches and warnings for Delta were discontinued. At that time, the storm’s center was about 45 miles south-southeast of Monroe, Louisiana, and moving north-northeast at about 16 mph. Top sustained winds were about 45 mph, and winds will continue to weaken throughout the morning.

Tropical-storm-force winds will persist for a few more hours near the path of Delta’s center through Saturday. For northern Louisiana, southeast Arkansas and western Mississippi, Delta is expected to produce an additional 2 to 5 inches of rain, with isolated storm totals of 10 inches. These rainfall amounts will lead to flash, urban, small stream and minor river flooding.

In addition, the threat of tornadoes exist for eastern Mississippi, Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, and western and central Georgia, forecasters said.

A motion toward the northeast is expected to begin later Saturday and continue through Sunday night. On the forecast track, the center of Delta should move across northeastern Louisiana this morning and then across northern Mississippi and into the Tennessee Valley later Saturday and Sunday.

Additional weakening is forecast, and Delta is expected to become a tropical depression later Saturday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km) from the center. Hawkins Field in Jackson, Mississippi, recently reported a wind gust of 51 mph.

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As Delta shows her might, Vicksburg and Warren County respond to the task



(photo by David Day)

After almost a week filled with preparations for Hurricane Delta, city, county and state crews proved they were up to handling whatever destruction the storm brought to the Vicksburg Warren County area.

The busiest time was between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday when more than a dozen trees came down throughout the county. Vicksburg Deputy Police Chief Bobby Stewart and Warren County Chief Deputy Billy Joe Heggins directed law enforcement response with assistance from county firefighters as work crews cut trees and erected barricades while utility crews disconnected electricity to downed power lines.

A home at 112 Woodstock Drive sustained damage as a tree fell on the house. No Injuries were reported.

“I think we were blessed,” said Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr.

As of 7:30 a.m. Saturday, areas with trees and utility issues include:

  • The 300 block of Enchanted Drive is blocked by large tree and power lines.
  • Redbone Road at Meadow Brook Drive is blocked by large trees and power lines.
  • Roseland Drive at Buena Vista Drive is blocked with a broken power pole and lines.
  • Wisconsin Avenue at Fleur De Lis Drive is blocked with two power poles leaning into roadway.
  • 112 Woodstock Drive large tree limb on house and driveway blocked; no injuries. No street residential flooding.
  • 400 block of Still Drive: Large tree down with power lines involved.
  • Lake Boulevard: Tree down with power lines involved.

Reports of trees down and power lines down are still incoming. Authorities are encouraging residents to stay off the roads if possible, to allow for debris removal.

Entergy is reporting 3,900 outages in Warren County and 109 outages in Madison Parish as of 7:45 a.m. Approximately 95.000 outages are reported in Mississippi and 597,000 in Louisiana.


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Hurricane Delta began affecting Gulf Coast Friday morning



Source; NOAA via NHC

Hurricane Delta, now a Category 3 storm with winds up to 110 mph, has begun to affect the Gulf Coast this morning with heavy rain and high winds.

Warren County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning along with Adams, Claiborne, Franklin, Issaquena and Jefferson counties in Mississippi, and Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Franklin, Madison, Morehouse, Richland, Tensas and West Carroll parishes in Louisiana.

Delta, the 10th named storm of the season to make landfall, is on track to hit essentially the same area hit by Hurricane Laura six weeks ago on Louisiana’s coast. Water is already rising in many areas. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, recorded 8 inches of rain overnight, and many roads there have been closed.

Several Louisiana parishes are under mandatory evacuation orders, including Allen, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jeff Davis and Lafourche. Other cities in the area have done the same.

Life-threatening storm surge is forecast to reach up to 11 feet when Delta makes landfall Friday evening. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from High Island, Texas, to the Mouth of the Pearl River.

Water levels in this area will rise quickly Friday afternoon and evening as Delta approaches and efforts to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

Hurricane-force winds are expected within portions of the Hurricane Warning area, especially along the coast of southwest Louisiana. Hurricane force winds will also spread inland across portions of southern Louisiana near the path of Delta’s center Friday night.

Heavy rainfall will lead to significant flash flooding and minor to major river flooding in parts of Louisiana Friday and Saturday. Additional flooding is expected across portions of the central Gulf Coast into the lower Mississippi Valley.

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